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31-22, 2nd in Atlantic
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Celtics should make deal -- or two

ESPN's expert panel cites Boston, winner of nine of its last 10 games, as one of the East playoff contenders that should bolster its roster before the NBA's Feb. 18 trade deadline passes. 5-on-5 (Insider)

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Record crop of Celts points in Garden

The Celtics scored 46 points in the first quarter of their 128-119 win over the Kings at home on Sunday. Elias Sports Bureau reports that's their highest-scoring period at TD Garden, which opened as the FleetCenter in 1995.

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Isaiah Thomas blocks... DeMarcus Cousins? (0:15)
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Bradley fuels Celtics past Kings (0:54)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas on blocking DeMarcus Cousins at the rim: "I did it a couple of times in practice. You can put that on paper. Nah, we were joking around and, when I blocked it, it was good. We always joke around in the game and I was able to talk a little trash to him." Cousins joked with Thomas outside the locker room post game that it was a goaltend.

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Celtics outlast Kings, win 4th straight

Boston shot 56% from the field, including Jared Sullinger going 10-for-13 and Avery Bradley shooting 9-for-16, in the 128-119 win over the Kings, who were led by 31 from DeMarcus Cousins. Box score

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 95, Kings 87 (end 3rd): Celtics shooting 55.4 percent and nearly at triple figures entering the fourth quarter, but Boston has 18 turnovers and the Kings trimmed eight points off their deficit in the third quarter. Jared Sullinger a team-high 21 points for Boston. Old friend Rajon Rondo at 12 points, 11 assists, 6 steals, 4 rebounds for Sacramento.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 74, Kings 58 (half): Call it Super Bowl Sunay, because there's no D in Boston today. Celts and Kings combined to shoot 54.1 percent over first 24 minutes. Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger each have 17 points to pace Boston. Sacramento's Rajon Rondo with 8 points, 7 assists, 5 steals but is minus-15 overall.

Celtics clock in heavy first quarter

The Celtics scored 34 points in the opening 8 minutes against the Kings. Their highest-scoring first quarter this season is 40. The most they have ever scored in any quarter this season is 43. The Kings are trailing the Celtics by 12 in the second quarter. Follow live

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 46, King 37 (end 1st): Nothing but offense in this Super Bowl Sunday matinee as the Celtics and Kings combine to score 83 first-quarter points. Celtics connected on seven 3-pointers (including three from Friday's hero Avery Bradley). He's got a team-high 12 points and headband-sporting Kelly Olynyk added eight points off the bench. Celtics on pace to win this one 184-148.

Kings (21-29) at Celtics (30-22)

The Celtics have won 8 of their last 9 games -- including Friday's win over the first-place Cavaliers -- as they take on a Kings team that's lost 6 of its last 7 while allowing 116.4 points per game. Follow live

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach when asked if league had sent a memo on piggybacking at free throw line: "It was in an email from the league. So it basically said that if you do what [JJ] Redick did against the Clippers and then what the Wizards did against us where they jumped on Amir [Johnson's] back and kind of wrapped around, then it would be a flagrant foul. At least that's what I think I read. I get a lot of emails. Sometimes I read them. Sometimes I don't. But I'm glad I read that one. So that was initially actually why we put Smart in the game so whoever went in I could tell, Hey, listen. If you go after the ball you have to do it in a way that is a basketball play. Otherwise it's a flagrant foul.' And so we wanted him to go after the ball. And he made a real push to get into the ball. And he and Jae kept it alive."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue on the NBA's last two minute report that determined J.R. Smith shouldn't have been called for a foul on Evan Turner late against Boston on Friday: "It's over now. I don't think that play had anything to do with it. I just think it was a bunch of things that led to that situation, so it happened. They say it wasn't a foul, but there's nothing we can do about it now."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

With Rajon Rondo back in Boston for Sunday's matinee with the Celtics, Kings coach George Karl discusses his point guard: "Hey, Rajon's a challenge to coach from a standpoint you're always taking the game with him because he knows the game, he's a very intelligent basketball player and everything. Sometimes there's a little bit too much debate, and I think as a coach I have to learn when to open that window up and when to close that window down. And I think that's kind of where we're at right now. He and I have been battling a little bit on getting him to defend on more of a consistent (basis). Last night I thought he was very good defensively for us. He made some random decisions that burnt us with the 3-ball, but I thought being aggressive is always something I would rather have than being passive."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl on feeling in limbo as management reportedly weighs a coaching change: "I don't think I'm in limbo. I think I've got a heck of a challenge [against] a [Boston Celtics] team that's played damn well, probably it's best basketball in the last six weeks. If you want to overreact to the last four or five games, that's somebody else's reaction, not my reaction. I think this team is still in a place that we can solve some problems and be good."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl on talk about his future with the team: "I have no control of what other people think or whatever people are circulating. My job is to get prepared for Boston. We had a good practice today and I'm with the practice. Boston's playing at a great level. Probably the best they've played in two years. Their win last night was pretty impressive. They kept coming after a team that thought they had them beat about four times and stole the end from them. It was really a gutty win by the Celtics."

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There's a first time for everything

Avery Bradleys buzzer-beating game winner on Friday was the first of his career. It was Boston's third game-winning buzzer-beater since the start of last season, matching the Magic for the most in the NBA during that span.

Team Stats

Points Per Game105.04th
Rebounds Per Game45.27th
Assists Per Game24.45th
Points Allowed100.711th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-163122.585
2014-154042.488
2013-142557.305
2012-134140.506
2011-123927.591

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